Meet Our Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.

Craig K. Kempf, Owner/Funeral Director/Manager Lehman Chapel

Craig K. KempfCraig was born in Marshall to Robert and Beryl Kempf and is a lifelong resident. He graduated from Marshall High School with the class of 1972. He graduated from Kellogg Community College and attended Wayne State University' Mortuary Science Program from where he graduated with Honors in 1975. He earned his Michigan Mortuary Science license in September 1975.

Craig purchased the former Kelser-Farley Funeral Home Aug.1, 1978 and renamed it Craig K.Kempf Funeral Home from where he has served his community. Craig served as a firefighter with the Marshall Fire Department from 1975 to 2012, retiring as a Sergeant. He also served with the Fredonia Fire Department from 1996 till retiring in 2012. He was a charter member of Marshall Firefighters Ambulance Service and later served as the first Board President of the Marshall Firefighters Ambulance Authority. Craig is a member of the Marshall Exchange Club, the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, Michigan Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors Association. He is married to Suzette M. (Bollenbacher) Kempf and is the proud father of Sarah R. Kempf.

Douglas E. Mills, Funeral Director/General Manager

Craig K. KempfDoug was born in Albion, graduated from Albion High School, Kellogg Community College and Wayne State University. He earned his Mortuary Science License from the State of Michigan in 1982. Doug joined Craig Kempf assisting families in 1986. He and his family attend Family Bible Church.

Doug is a member of Michigan Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors Association. He has been active in Marshall Recreation programs for many years. Doug and his wife the former Brenda Markovich (also an Albion native) are proud parents of Emily Mills.

Jacob E. Washburn, Funeral Director/Manager Marshall Chapel

Jacob E. WashburnJacob was born in Marshall. He is the son of Steve and Teresa (Tucker) Washburn. Jacob grew up on the family farm in Fredonia Township and attended Marshall High School where he was active in Marshall Singers and FFA and Calhoun County 4-H. He graduated in 1999 . He attended Kellogg Community College and Worsham College Of Mortuary Science in Chicago from where he graduated. He earned his Michigan Mortuary Science License in April of 2004. Later that year he joined Craig and Doug assisting families.

Jacob serves as a firefighter on Fredonia Township and Marshall Fire Departments, and is a Michigan Licensed Basic EMT serving with Marshall Firefighters Ambulance Authority. He is a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Michigan Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors Association. Jacob is an active member of Calhoun County Agricultural and Industrial Society and emcees events at the Calhoun County Fair yearly. 

Joshua E. Fleming, Funeral Director/Manager Homer Chapel

no_photo.jpgJoshua E. “Josh” Fleming began helping Craig care for families in the spring of 2015. He is a Tekonsha native, the son of Glen and Lisa Fleming of Tekonsha. Josh is a 2003 graduate of Homer High School, and attended Kellogg Community College and Glen Oaks Community College. He is a 2012 graduate of Worsham Mortuary College in Chicago. Josh is a member of the Homer Lions Club and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Union City. He is married to Danelle (Snyder) Fleming, who grew up in Union City. They have two beautiful daughters Livia and Lexis. He is an outdoorsman and family man, who enjoys people!

Jordan Brutsche Mason, Funeral Director/Manager Shaw Chapel

no_photo.jpgJordan Brutsche Mason was born in Battle Creek to Tim and Kathy Brutsche. She is a graduate of Gull Lake High School, earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Western Michigan University and graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in Pittsburgh, PA. She became part of our professional staff in 2013. Jordan is married to Josh Mason and together are the loving parents of Paxton and Hazel Mason.

Jenelle Vandegriff, Funeral Director

JenelleVandegriffJenelle Vandegriff is a Battle Creek resident, married to John Vandegriff III. She was born in Sturgis to Mark and Candy Snyder. Jenelle graduated from Bronson High School, Western Michigan University, and Worsham College of Mortuary Science. She earned her Mortuary Science License from the State of Michigan in 2008 and started serving families in Battle Creek that year. She has been with us since September of 2015. She and John attend First Wesleyan Church in Battle Creek.

Suzette M. Kempf, Office Manager

Suzette M. KempfSue was born in Decatur, Indiana to Don and Louise Bollenbacher. She graduated from Adams Central High School with Honors in Monroe, Indiana. Sue has been a resident of Marshall since 1979. She formerly was Pricing Administrator for the Marshall Felpausch Food Center where she worked for 30 years. She joined Craig assisting families in 1998 as a receptionist and in 2008 took on the full time position of Office Manager.

Sue is a member of Missouri Synod Lutheran Church. She has been a supporter of Marshall athletic programs especially while her sons were playing sports at MHS. She is married to Craig K. Kempf and is the proud mother of Ben Ziskal and Jon Ziskal.

Sheri Berry, Office Administrator/Family Service Specialist

no_photo.jpgSheri is our Battle Creek office administrator and a Family Service specialist. Sheri is the daughter of Robert and Sue Hegerberg and a lifelong Battle Creek resident. Sheri is a 1982 graduate of Pennfield High School, then graduated from Grand Valley State University in 1986 with a degree in Legal Studies and Legal Administration. Sheri lived in Washington DC from 1987 to 1997 working in the legal profession. She is married to Don Berry. They are active in area balloon events. Sheri volunteers at Superfest, Taste of Battle Creek, and The Charitable Union. She enjoys family time, and of course her and Don’s pups, Whiskey, Sasha, and Coco.

Connie M. Sundberg, Administrative Assistant/Bereavement Facilitator

Connie M. SundbergConnie was born in Albion to Leon and Joan Brodock. She is a 1967 graduate of Homer High School. Connie has assisted Craig in serving families since 1985. She is a graduate of the American Academy of Bereavement and a former hospice volunteer. She is responsible for keeping the vital records associated with each family we serve as well as creating different family tributes. She has facilitated the funeral home's Grief Recovery Program, Coping With The Holiday's Class, Annual Picnic and Annual Celebration Of Memories since 1998.

Connie is the proud mother of Eric Sundberg, Tracie (Mike) Gillum and Shane Sundberg and an enthusiastic and involved grandmother to their children. She enjoys family activities.

Paul Kiessling, Family Service Associate

Paul KiesslingPaul is a lifelong area resident. He retired from Lutz John Deere in Ceresco. He served with the Marshall Township Fire Department the majority of his life, with many years as Chief of the Department until he retired at the age of 65. Paul has assisted Craig in serving area families since 1986. He is the proud father of David (Carol) Kiessling, Jeanette (David) Glen, and Robert (Marjorie) Kiessling. Paul was married to Donna who passed away in 2009.

Glenn Yarger, Family Service Associate

Glenn YargerGlenn is a resident of Eckford Township. He is married to the former Allison Twist. Glenn retired from Battle Creek Fire Department in 1997 where he served as a Lieutenant. Glenn joined Craig assisting families in 1998. Glenn enjoys traveling to Northern Michigan with his family and friends as well as spending lots of time with all of his grandchildren!

Warren & Cece Hepler, Family Service Associate

Warren HeplerCece HeplerCece and Warren are retirees from State Farm. They joined Craig assisting families that year. They work reception times together at the funeral home as well as assist on funeral days. Cece and Warren enjoy golfing and being active outdoors.

Robert Lyng, Family Service Associate

Robert Bob retired from State Farm in 2005. He joined Craig to assist families in 1977. Bob is married to Deb (Flynn) Lyng and is the proud father of Amy and Gayle. He is a firefighter for the Marshall Fire Departments, and is a Michigan Licensed Basic EMT serving with Marshall Firefighters Ambulance Authority. Bob enjoys spending time with his family and loves being a grandpa.

Sandy McAuliffe, Family Service Associate

Sandy McAuliffeSandy is a retiree of State Farm Insurance Company. She is married to Robert McAuliffe. Sandy joined Craig assisting families in 1998. Sandy not only assists families during the funeral services, but she can also be seen assisting families in our aftercare programs with Connie Sundberg that are held at the funeral home in the spring and in the fall in the reception hall. Sandy enjoys shopping and spending time with all of her family and friends. 

Karen Miller, Family Service Associate

Karen MillerKaren is retired from State Farm Insurance Company. She is married to Craig Miller. Karen joined Craig assisting families in 2006. She is an excellent chef. She enjoys cooking for family and friends as well as time up north with her husband Craig.

Denise Scheibler, Family Service Associate

Denise ScheiblerDenise is a resident of Ceresco. She is a Harper Creek graduate. She previously lived in Grand Rapids and in Madison, Wisconsin. Denise worked in the entertainment industry as box office management for 17 years as well as previously co-owned a bar and grill in Battle Creek for 5 years. Denise enjoys gardening, reading, decorating, and just being with people. She joined Craig assisting families in 2013.

Kevin A. Swanson, Funeral Pre-Planning Consultant

Kevin A. SwansonKevin was born in Monmouth, Illinois and grew up in Elkhart, Indiana where he attended Concord High School. He graduated with the Class of 1989. He then attended Indiana University and studied secondary education. Kevin is an avid Texas Hold'em poker player and he also enjoys to hunt and fish.

Kevin joined the Kempf Family Funeral Homes in October of 2013. He is a licensed Life Insurance agent in Indiana and Michigan. He takes great pride in helping families who want to pre-plan their funeral services and those who want information on different funding options that are available to help take the financial burden off of their loved ones.

Robert Kiessling, Family Service Associate

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Maggie Campbell, Family Service Associate

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Ken Roebuck, Family Service Associate

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Susan Cooley, Family Service Associate

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Judy Steele, Family Service Associate

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Gary Gensch, Family Service Associate

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Ron Munster, Family Service Associate

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Lance McCreary, Family Service Associate

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Scott Hankinson, Family Service Associate

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Shea Peters, Family Service Associate

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Rosemary Berry, Family Service Associate

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Deb Reichow, Family Service Associate

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Sheri Zeinert, Family Service Associate

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Cami Combs, Family Service Associate

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David Taylor, Family Service Associate

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Gretchen and Gabi

Gretchen and GabiGretchen and Gabi joined Craig in assisting families in 2008. These two can be found at the funeral home greeting dog lovers and playing with children!